Day on the links: Spears, Okraska on top again at Callaway Tour
After finishing on top in their respective age divisions at the Callaway Junior Golf Tour’s stop at the Golf Club of West Virginia over the weekend, Carson Okraska, of Vienna, and Roane County’s Alston Spears again claimed low rounds at the Marietta Country Club Monday.
Okraska carded an 84 in the 12-and-under division while Spears notched a 75 in the 17-18 age division to claim a first-place trophy.
Spears edged second-place Sterling Fitzwater (76) and third-place Adam O’Hara (77), while Okraska defeated Parker Johnson and Ryan Payne (100) by 16 strokes.
Mason Williams put together the boys “Round of the Day” with a score of 70 in the 13-14 age division. Kaitlyn Bliss did so on the girls side by carding an 87 in the 15-18 age division.
Local golfers that finished behind Williams in the 13-14 boys division were Logan Plummer (86, 12th), of Belpre, Nicholas Ward (87, 13th), of Vincent, and Isaac Curtis (96, 18th) of New Matamoras.
Belpre’s Sam Petty tied for first in the 15-16 boys division along with Alex Hamrick, Cody Dobbin and Logan Lojszczyk. Each one scored a 75.
Marietta’s Jeff Hensler finished right behind the foursome with a 75, while Marietta’s Nick Thieman and St. Marys’ Coleman Lamp tied for eighth with a 79.
“I just didn’t putt very good. My short game was off,” said Lamp, who was coming off of a second-place finish at the Golf Club of West Virginia.
“I need to touch up on that.”
Lamp was not the only one who struggled around the green. There were only 568 pars or better during the event compared to 1,160 bogeys or worse. On a par-68 course, the stroke average was 91.33.
Also in the 15-16 division, Marietta’s Max Fitzgerald (89) tied for 26th, Belpre’s Alex Perry (91) tied for 28th and Fitzgerald’s brother Matthew (99) finished 34th.
In the 17-18 division, Williamstown’s Mac McCormick turned in an 82 to finish tied for sixth with Drew Bragg, James Motes and Seth Vannoy.
Waterford’s Brandyn Offenberger finished 10th with an 83, while Belpre’s Hayden Plummer (90) was 17th and Warren’s Michael Sams (91) was 18th in the oldest boys division.
The one other first-place trophy winner was Whitney Milhoan, who scored an 88 in the 10-14 girls division.
The next Callaway Junior Tour event will take place today at Greenhills Country Club, where Lamp will be looking to bounce back.
“I’ve just got to keep my head in it and not lose it as bad as I did today,” Lamp explained.